Your Guide to Home Fragrance
It's easy to change and improve the way our homes smell with comforting scents -- and we’re not talking about diffusers that plug into the outlet. These boutique home fragrances go the distance in creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for you and your guests.
The Handsome, Throwback Magic of Italy’s L’Eroica Bike Race
In 2014 bike parlance, L’Eroica is the ultimate gravel grinder, a 38-204 kilometer ride along the strade bianche (“white roads”) of Tuscany, Italy, with ascents steep as 23 percent grade and sketchy, sandy downhills as a reward for the hard work. Unlike the Dirty Kanza, though, you won’t find riders toeing the line in Gaiole in Chianti with carbon bikes, electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. L'Eroica's done old school.
A Cabin in the Skies
Tantalus Hut has no power or running water. But by backcountry standards, it's still a luxurious pad. Situated in the Tantalus Range of British Columbia, the hut is an ideal base camp for the adventurous and daring who want to take aim at mountain peaks.
7 Essential Cookbooks this Fall
Whereas summer is defined by freshness and abundance, fall is marked by the chef's creativity and skill in the kitchen. Kitchens center around the pantry, the chef's color palette. These cookbooks showcase the distinctive fall flavors of acclaimed chefs from around the world.
Wheels Up: 7 Indoor Bike Racks
City bikes need a place to rest inside -- enter the indoor bike rack. Whether it's standing in the corner, blending in with wall decor or just plain out of the way, the method comes down to you (and your wallet). These indoor racks will keep your bike dry and safe at night.
Kit: Taking on Baja
Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything -- because anything can, and will, happen.
Gear for the Triathlon Newbie
Here’s a little secret: You don’t need to spend a lot to race in your first triathlon. These affordable options will get you to the finish line with enough money in the bank for a post-race beer.
10 Flasks for Every Type of Sipper
Use a flask wisely and you'll have a great hint of lawless confidence; the look of wonder in your buddies' eyes as you swig your just-so-uncouth booze will be all the sweeter. (Smokier, if it's Balvenie 18.) These ones deserve a place in your coat pocket.
Five Best Hot Sauces from the Pacific Northwest
The stateside culture of craft hot sauce has had a slow-burn response to veteran heavyweights like Tabasco and Texas Pete, which sacrifice flavor for heat. Enthusiasts today are gazing toward the Pacific Northwest, where artisans are using the quality and abundance of fresh, local ingredients to produce wildly diverse newcomers to our country’s cabinet of hot sauces. We tried five of the best.
Better off Red: Great Bottles Under $20
You and Andrew Jackson walk into a wine store. Read on to find out what you come out with.
White Wine? Just Can It
We got our hands on five canned white wines to find out if they're a clever packaging solution or just an excuse to drink more white wine.
Kit: Automotive DIY Done Right
Winter has the propensity to put a hurtin’ on your car, but those cold memories can easily be replaced with the right kind of DIY TLC. You don’t have to be the third member of Car Talk to find success in the confines of your own home garage -- you just need the right tools and gear. (OK, and maybe a few tips from Tom and Ray won't hurt.) The Home Depot is the place to get prepped for your home-mechanic needs.
Kit: Mustang Fastback
If you're fortunate enough to possess a Mustang Fastback -- one of the grandaddies of the American muscle car -- you know the respect and admiration it garners from car lovers to kids. It's Americana on four wheels. That sort of red, white and blue clout requires a driver to pull off an homage to American style without resorting to a pair of Ol' Glory lined cutoff jeans. Here, we line up the right kit (light on the actual stars and stripes pattern) you need to get it right.
Upgrade Your Olive Oil in Five Bottles
You shouldn't have to wonder whether your olive oil is the real deal or just grease in a bottle. These are five of the best olive oils available today.
Deft Drawers: Underwear for Active Guys
Made from lightweight, wicking, breathable fabrics like merino wool, polypropylene and a host of proprietary fabrics, sports underwear designed for active guys keeps you cool and dry without bunching up when you move.
Three Great Custom Sunglass Makers
Three great reasons -- one classic, one affordable, and one uber-customizable -- to not settle for the doppelgänger shades everyone else is wearing.
Kit: Triumph TR6
The Triumph TR6 is the affordable substitute for more rarified fare like the Austin Healey MkIII or the Jaguar XKE, and it's no paltry replacement, with sophistication and masculine bravado to spare. Plus, its lighter price tag means you'll have plenty of dough left over for a full kit of driving gear. Here's what we recommend for comfort, style, and a touch of brashness -- you've got to keep up with the pace the Triumph's setting, after all.
Your 2014 Summer Reading List
It's almost summer, which means that you'll finally have some time to finish the dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest that you started (with best intentions, we're sure) four years ago. Though if you wanted to read one of these instead, no one blames you.
Kit: Chevy Corvair Corsa
The Corsa was a sophisticated and sporty coupe that looks even better today, with far more panache points than its ordinary Corsa brother. The Corsa was a gentleman's car, for sure, but it was plenty sporty, too; the potent flat six engine, crisp sheet metal and luxurious interior meant that not just anyone would look right in the driver's seat. You'll need to look the part -- neat and clean, 1960s business style -- while you cruise around in yours, and we've got the perfect kit.
Buying Guide: Bottle Openers
Ten different top poppers for ten different kinds of bottle-opening guys.
An Everyman’s Guide to Survival Gear
You never know when things might take a turn for the worse. Match up to your skill level and ensure you've got the right basic survival gear with our survey.
Kit: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, created as a sporty gentleman's car, is the sort of vehicle drivers can enjoy both inside and out. Pair it with the right kit and your swift drive of spring-warmed Tuscan roads becomes heaven on earth. You'll need the car, of course, and the Tuscan roads. The rest is on us.
Tee Up: 5 Basic T-Shirts
There's nothing like the old, faded out, ripped-at-the-collar t-shirt. It carries years of stories in stitches and stains. Unfortunately, you're the only one who knows and respects that history; it just looks like a dirty t-shirt to everyone else. Save it for wing night and keep your wardrobe loaded with fresh, handsome Ts for all other occasions.
Something Afoot: Socks for Every Occasion
Like all basic garments, the sock performs as essential function and also provides an opportunity to flash a little style. Here are five great options for a variety of occasions.
Under Armor: Five Great Boxer Shorts
The loosest fitting of male undershorts, boxers allow free range of movement for you legs and other parts, and enough soft protection that wearing them is like getting away with loungewear 24/7. From inexpensive to splurge, classic to technical, we've got you and yours covered with these five pairs of boxers.
Kit: A Photographer in Oregon’s Wilderness
Photographer Chris Burkard explains his kit for capturing nature in the Oregon wilderness.
Everything In Its Place: 10 Great Valet Trays
Valet trays are not just a place to put your things. They're a statement about how important your things are.
Kit: Track Weekend
Your normal couch-bound weekend attire won't cut it during a weekend at the track; tarmac-amplified heat and humidity plus the occasional run-in with a troupe of Umbrella Girls nixes that plan. Instead, race weekend is primetime for packing light, multifunctional duds and accoutrements that don't skimp on style.
About Face: Upgrade Your Shaving Cream
Your face is going to take a few hits over the years: the occasional barroom skirmish, a girlfriend's unpredictable cat, an intimate moment with the bottom of a shallow lake. Take care of it during your morning shave.
Pit Stop: Scents for Your Underarms
There's much to recommend drugstore deodorant: it's cheap, reliable and easy to find. But how about spending a few more dollars to smell like bay rum, limes and peppercorns? Sign on the dotted line and check out our five favorites.
Plaid has a rich history, but it's also just a handsome pattern. Wear it right -- in moderation -- and you’ll look dapper.
The 50 Best iPhone & iPad Games
Consoles don't provide much in the way of portability (anyone else ever own this masterpiece of engineering?), and grown men carrying Gameboys often attract the wrong kind of attention, but mobile games offer interactive experiences on the devices that most of us carry every day. They allow us a bit of serenity when we need it most -- in the airport, on the subway, at a questionable mid-life Bris. Here, we've provided a list of 50 of the best games made for iOS. Play at the risk of your relationship.
Your New Summer Drink: Coffee Milk
Coffee milk is the official beverage of Rhode Island. Think that's weird? So do we.
Tested: Playing through Monument Valley
Since 2010, several iOS games have tried to match Infinity Blade's incredible combination of artistry and narrative, our favorites being The Room and Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP. On April 3rd, 2014, a new challenger stepped into the arena: Monument Valley, an M.C. Escher-inspired puzzle game made by indie developers ustwogames.
The 15 Best Bourbons You Can Actually Buy
There’s no denying that bourbon is having a moment. The pride of Kentucky wins out over other whiskies because it’s a little sweeter, a little smoother, and a whole lot easier to mix. It’s also relatively affordable -- very good bottles are available at very good prices. But thanks to its newfound popularity, some of the top-tier bottles -- Pappy Van Winkle's family reserve, George T. Stagg -- are now shockingly expensive and, increasingly, hard to track down. Luckily, there’s still a wide variety to bourbons at accessible prices that are readily available in nearly every state. Which one to choose? Here's a list to help you out.
Kit: Bicycle Commuter
If you're thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you'll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We've got it all in this Kit, plus much more.
A Cut Above: 3 Artisanal Beef Jerkies
Last year, during our Month of Beef, we surveyed 10 of the best beef jerkies. But as is the case in any group testing, we missed a few solid options. Now, we want to rectify that mistake with this beefy refresher of three more great artisanal jerkies.
Cheap Beats: The Best Budget Earbuds
Earbuds, rather than full-size headphones, are essential to many a man mostly because they are so very compact. If you're a commuter or jogger or some other type of person who can't balance one-pound earmuffs on your head all day, and you don't want to spend a pretty penny on something that you're likely to lose or break, these are for you. They're the best budget earbuds we've heard of, so listen up.
Fast Food: The Best Nutrition Bars for Athletes
As a greater number of athletes experiment with more natural fuel sources, nutrition bars have followed suit with ingredients heavy on nuts, berries, dates, chia seeds and agave syrup. Many are organic and gluten-free. The result is a better bar for athletes, one easier to digest than ever before. Here are a handful we're eating now.
Kit: The Perfect Machine-Free Home Gym
Twenty years ago a home gym required an entire basement. This was ridiculous. Our ideas about fitness have progressed in breadth and scope -- generally toward functional workouts that have real-world application -- and the equipment required has diminished in size and price. If you’re looking to set up the perfect home gym that gives you the opportunity for a huge variety of exercises, it helps to have a few more tools in your kit.
UltimEyes and the Pursuit of Perfect Vision
Ever wish you could hit a 95 mph fastball? Us too. In lieu of that pipe dream we'll happily take the ability to see a 95 mph fastball better while whiffing. Aaron Seitz -- a neuroscientist at The University of California Riverside (UCR) -- seems to have an answer with a new eye training app. His creation may have more far-reaching consequences than an increase in homers.
Life With Iris: Proliferation
The Iris Smart Kit ($299) does a fantastic job of keeping our home in check, but a quick survey of the complementary products available for the Iris Home Management System, by Lowe’s, had us feeling like a pot-bellied biker with a bone-stock Harley at home. Accordingly, we tested out an Iris Kit army of great add-ons.
Winter Gloves for Every Sport
These, the five best winter gloves, will give you free range of motion, excellent grip and reasons to start conversations -- all while maintaining a high standard of comfort. So whether you're into something sporty, stylish, svelte or something else, we've found the right fit for you.